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A warm welcome for the Independent Care Review's call for radical change of the Scottish Care System

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland Director today welcomed the findings of the Independent Care Review (ICR) and endorsed the vision proposed by the review which plots a 10-year transformational change approach to the Scottish care system.

Neil Ritch, The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland Director said,

“What the Independent Care Review proposes today lays out significant recommendations to the care system in Scotland and importantly offers solid and practical foundations to ensure that change to that system can start right now.

“The Independent Care review has undertaken its work over the last three years with rigour and purpose. This review connects hard data with stories and offers a thought through plan for change. It has the potential to radically improve the lives of often vulnerable young people.”

In 2013 The National Lottery Community Fund set up The Life Changes Trust with an endowment of £50 million to improve the lives of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people. The creation of Champions Boards, by the Life Changes Trust, to give care experienced young people a voice was one of many influencing factors that led to the creation of the Independent Care Review.

“When we set up the Life Changes Trust in 2013 we wanted our National Lottery funds to support a step change in the lives of children and young people with experience of the care system. We are proud to have played a small part in this story so far and will look to see where we, along with other funders in Scotland, can play a role in keeping the promise in the future.”

Notes to Editors

  • The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
  • The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland is focused on helping communities across Scotland thrive through its five year £250m funding scheme as well as small grants programme, National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.
  • Since March 2007 the Scotland Committee of The National Lottery Community Fund has taken devolved decisions on the Scotland directorate’s National Lottery grants budget, awarding grants and setting the spending the strategic direction.

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